HTC has discovered the buzzword of the year, and chose to make a smartphone around it with their upcoming Exodus handset announcement during the Consensus 2018 blockchain conference in NY, where we recently saw a crypto-powered beer vending machine unveiled. In fact, i'll bet that these phones which double as a cryptocurrency wallet will become a prime target for attacks, and hope HTC is aware of this when developing it.
As per the listing on HTC India website, the company is working with multiple protocols with the intent of interoperability between blockchains. The company foresees the phone as a "hub" or node for Bitcoin and Ethereum, with plans to support "the entire blockchain ecosystem".
HTC has roped back the creator of its virtual reality headset Vive, Phil Chen, who will be responsible for all blockchain and cryptocurrency related initiatives of HTC including Exodus.
HTC joins a growing list of top technology companies foraying into the blockchain segment. The company said that it will offer enhanced security and data protection. Samsung last month was reported to be building blockchain network, but for its own global supply management.
But, all of these features can be integrated into any average smart phone with the help of software alone, and trading Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies will incur mining fees to transfer anyway - whether on regular phones or blockchain phones. Others, including Huawei, have announced that it will also be making a Blockchain smartphone.
Why, it was just a few days ago when we passed along the specs and pricing for Sirin Labs' blockchain phone called the Finney. Sirin Labs announced a $999 United States dollars blockchain phone past year, a device reportedly being made by Foxconn. It has a 6-inch display at 18:9 aspect ratio, 402ppi and 1500:1 contrast ratio.